Online Learning Update

September 29, 2019

Where does higher education go from here? Four school presidents, students among those trading ideas

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Becky Metrick, Penn Live

HACC President Dr. John Sygielski said it has been in the fabric of community colleges since their inception to be engaged in their communities, but even the definition of how to do that has changed. “We’re using less traditional faculty, more part-time faculty, who are willing to do a certificate; putting pressure internally to bring the external into the institution,” Sygielski said. “As a college president, we are much more town ministers than we are academic philosophers.” Mason said with Penn State Harrisburg’s goal of dissemination knowledge, the hope is that students work with local companies, in local industries, and have the students return to the local community to share what they’ve learned. “Today when we talk about the dissemination, the technology transfer, you’re creating new knowledge that industry will pick up on,” Mason said. He said he doesn’t see any Pennsylvania institutions that are not engaged in the public and private sectors.

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